What Happened to all the Cool Houses?
Grey. Beige. Taupe on an accent wall, if you're lucky. Two carpet choices. Three countertop options. Would you like the toilet on the left of the vanity? That's semi-custom, and a $3,000 upgrade.
Cookie-cutter boxes are being mass-built in record time to fill the housing needs of the throng. Square rooms stacked on top of each other, the only differentiation being the assigned label on the slightly tweaked floor plans. "On this model, this square room is the kitchen instead of a bedroom".
All crammed onto ever-shrinking lots, making it possible to see what spices your neighbor put on her omelet as you look into her square kitchen from your square bedroom.
I know you and your family need a roof over your heads, but is that really where you want to spend your hard earned money? And in addition to your mortgage payment, you have to give the bossy HOA a few hundred dollars a month so they can harass you about how quickly you need to put your trash can back in the garage. That is no way to live!
Houses used to be cooler! They were built with purpose, and pizzazz! Designed with form AND function in mind. Striking, well thought out architecture balanced against the daily usability of the floor plans. Features like sunken living rooms and conversation pits, lofts, French and Dutch doors, and wall niches added to the uniqueness of the house. And windows! Oh the windows! Having natural light infiltrate your space creates such a rich and inviting atmosphere that's nearly impossible to find in a box house with box windows boxed in-between other boxes.
If you're looking to escape the monotony, you may be interested in 19360 Furrow Rd, in lovely Monument, Colorado. Tucked into the Ponderosa Pines of Woodmoor, and sitting on nearly an acre, this beautiful custom home from the early 1970's provides a wonderfully usable floor plan wrapped in delicious textures and finishes not found in today's conveyer-belt houses.
As you pull up the driveway, the first thing you notice is the bold and dramatic peaked facade adorned with an array of large windows. Above the three barn-style garage doors, an oversized entertainment deck wraps around the south and west sides of the home. There could not be a better place for summer get-togethers where you and your guests can take in breathtaking Colorado sunsets.
Inside, the great room welcomes you with floor to ceiling Minnesota Brown Ashe wood, and the picture windows provide mountain views and a glimpse of the United States Air Force Academy. An electric fireplace insert has been added in the moss-rock chimney to provide strong, consistent heat for cold winter days.
On one end of the upper level sits the master suite, with his and her closets, and a private deck.
On the other end of the upper level, through French doors, a home office with built in cabinets and a natural gas heating unit create the perfect environment for the self-employed, or telecommuters who need dedicated space to earn their living. Skylights, and a number of windows bring in natural light that make the workday much more enjoyable than a windowless cubicle drowned in eye-straining fluorescent lighting. It also provides an easily-measurable tax deduction!
Downstairs, two generously sized bedrooms sit down the hall from the family room and a full bathroom. A wood burning fireplace sits neatly on a brick platform that also has built in wood storage. Hidden away from view, behind the brick is an incredible 26 by 11 storage room that is perfect for seasonal decorations, wood, tools, and anything you don't want displayed or stuffed in closets all year. There's also a three car garage, with the third bay being an oversized area fit for the weekend mechanic or car collector!
If you're tired of looking at three or four variations of the same cookie-cutter house, this three bedroom three bathroom home with a three car garage and just under 4,000 extremely usable square feet is available now for $499,900. Come take a look and be reminded that houses can still be cool and fun and functional!
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